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Critical step in Sudan peace talks

Peace talks aimed at ending the Sudanese civil war are due to resume in Kenya on Monday between government representatives and the Sudan People’s Liberation Army. It follows three weeks of discussions that took place last month between two of the most senior figures on both sides – Sudanese Vice President Ali Osman Taha and the rebel leader, John Garang. The peace talks, which are taking place in the town of Naivasha, have reached a critical juncture. A London-based study group, Justice Africa, says the two leaders risked their political careers by engaging in last month’s lengthy face-to-face meetings. Their reception on returning to their respective bases was, said the group, unprecedented, with both men receiving a hero’s welcome. The reason was that the talks are reported to have achieved a real breakthrough, by charting a route through the difficult question of security. Full Story

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